ESSAYS

The Origin of My Laugh

Essay published in The Paris Review, June 16, 2020

“When my mother died, her best friend Heidi called and told me, ‘What I’ll miss most is her laugh…'”

Annotating the First Page of the First Navajo-English Dictionary

Published in THE NEW YORKER; November 7, 2017

Full version of essay anthologized in THIS IS THE PLACE (Seal Press, 2017)

“It is one thing to play dress-up, to imitate pronunciations and understanding; it is another thing to think or dream or live in a language not your own.”

image by Damon Locks

Blood; Quantum

Essay published in BREVITY; Issue 53, Fall 2016

Winner of the Race, Racism, and Racialization student writing contest

“A few days before I turned three years old, my mother and my father packed my younger sister, my cat, and me into a car to drive from Florida to Window Rock, Arizona, to visit my mother’s family on the reservation, and to register me and my sister with the Navajo Nation. The cat jumped out of the car somewhere in Texas…”